No.2 seed Caroline Garcia and No.3 seed Elise Mertens easily advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tianjin Open. The Frenchwoman completed aa 6-3 6-4 win over Chinese qualifier Zhang Yuxuan, while the Belgian dispatched Jana Cepelova 6-2 6-3 to seal the WTA leading 45th victory of the season.
Garcia won 75% of second serve points to reach the 10th quarterfinal of the 2018 season, and the second in Asia this fall after losing to Donna Vekic in Tokyo. Garcia, owning the most return points won among the quarterfinals in Tianjin, cheered Zhang's fluid backhands but, after losing her serve inm the first game of the game, she controlled the proceedings and sealed the 35th win of the season against the Chinese qualifier who made her WTA-level debut at the 2013 Australian Open forcing Zheng Jie to the decider and claimed her WTA main draw win in Kaohsiung in 2016 over Irina-Camelia Begu.
Caroline Garcia, making just her second appearance at International level since July 2017, has not reached a final since her sweep of the Wuhan and Beijing titles last year. She will meet Petra Martic who will bid to complete the fifth Top 20 victory of the season.
The Croat, grew up in Split, lives close to the coast and likes to return there between tournaments to relax. A baseliner whose favorite shot is serve, Martic aims to claim the second semifinal of the season after reaching the second career WTA final in Bucharest (l.
Anastasija Sevastova 7-6(4) 6-2). Garcia leads 2-0 in their head to heads, having beaten her in Monterrey in 2016 and Madrid earlier this year. Mertens, who owns the most first and second serve points among the quarter-finalists, claimed six breaks from seven looks to defeat Cepelova.
In the eight quarter-final of her 2018 campaign, she will meet Hsieh Su-Wei who won just two games in their lone previous meeting in the Rabat semifinals. Former World No.9 Timea Bacsinszky had captured her first WTA win since Wimbledon 2017, when Danielle Collins retired in the first round.
She followed it with a 16 63 75 victory over Nao Hibino, who hadn't tasted victory in a WTA main draw since Nurnberg 2017 before this week. Doi was 2-0 in the second set and won more points than Bacsinszky but the Swiss completed five breaks and completed her second comeback win of the season.
She will face Aryna Sabalenka knowing she could beat her. Bacsinszky, in fact, defeated the 2017 runner-up in their only previous match, in last year's Fed Cup, 6-4 7-5. Katie Boulter reached the second tour-level quarterfinal, as she moved to the same stage in Nottingham earlier this year.
The Brit, currently at a career high of World No.101 and seeking to break the Top 100 for the first time, beat qualifier Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 1-6 6-3 in their first meeting at pro-level, as she lost in a junior tournament in Roehampton in 2013.
Boulter will meet No.1 seed Karolina Pliskova for the first time in her first ever clash against a Top 10 player.